Günter Grass





Günter Grass

Author profile


born
in Freie Stadt Danzig, Poland
October 16, 1927

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Günter Wilhelm Grass is a Nobel Prize-winning German author and playwright.
He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he has lived in West Germany (now Germany), but in his fiction he frequently returns to the Danzig of his childhood.
He is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum, a key text in European magic realism. His works frequently have a strong left wing, socialist political dimension, and Grass has been an active supporter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. In 2006, Grass caused a controversy with his disclosure of Waffen-SS service during the final months of World War II.

Grass was born in the Free City of Danzig on 16 October 1927, to Willy Grass (1899-1979), a Protestant ethnic German, an
...more


Average rating: 3.83 · 31,730 ratings · 1,541 reviews · 148 distinct works · Similar authors
The Tin Drum (The Danzig Tr...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 21,884 ratings — published 1959 — 160 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Cat and Mouse (The Danzig T...
by
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 2,572 ratings — published 1961 — 65 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Crabwalk
by
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 1,362 ratings — published 2002 — 35 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dog Years (The Danzig Trilo...
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 871 ratings — published 1963 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Flounder
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 859 ratings — published 1978 — 36 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Peeling the Onion
by
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 842 ratings — published 2006 — 41 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
My Century
3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 753 ratings — published 1999 — 33 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Rat
by
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 445 ratings — published 1986 — 30 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Local Anaesthetic
by
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 293 ratings — published 1969 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Danzig Trilogy: The Tin...
by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 1987 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Günter Grass…
The Tin Drum Cat and Mouse Dog Years
The Danzig Trilogy (3 books)
by
3.908713530448404 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 25,535 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.”
Günter Grass, The Tin Drum

“Granted: I AM an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peep-hole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.”
Günter Grass, The Tin Drum

“Because men
are killing the forests
the fairy tales are running away.
The spindle doesn't know
whom to prick,
the little girl's hands
that her father has chopped off,
haven't a single tree to catch hold of,
the third wish remains unspoken.
King Thrushbeard no longer owns one thing.
Children can no longer get lost.
The number seven means no more than exactly seven.
Because men have killed the forests,
the fairy tales are trotting off to the cities
and end badly.”
Günter Grass, Rat

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Seasonal Read...: German Task 39 253 Aug 28, 2009 04:47AM  
Cover to Cover Ch...: *144* Questionnaire (just for fun) 62 277 Feb 03, 2010 02:39PM  
Read a book from ...: Germany 30 259 Feb 12, 2010 03:40PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. 30.6 (Donna Jo's Task - As Suggested By Liz Brooklyn - Character References) 116 370 May 11, 2010 02:21PM  
The Next Best Boo...: Cait's Reading Goals for 2010 - Kaput 27 142 Jan 04, 2011 09:09AM  
Bookmarks Subscri...: The Match Game 760 210 Apr 09, 2011 02:22PM  
Reading with Style: Reading Suggestions 42 199 Jul 04, 2011 08:58AM  
The Sword and Laser: International authors Sci-fi/Fantasy Books 17 57 Sep 01, 2011 06:34AM  
Reading the Chunk...: Classic Chunkster Nomination 130 87 Jan 02, 2012 08:57AM  
Reading with Style: RwS Winter Challenge Plans 85 87 Feb 03, 2012 07:34PM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Günter to Goodreads.